The Limits to Growth+50 – Events

Here you will find an overview of some of The Limits to Growth events happening worldwide in 2022.  If you are organising an event related to The Limits to Growth – please email tkellerhoff@clubofrome.org.  As a part of these, throughout 2022 the Club of Rome will host a number of webinars with leading scientists, economists, thought leaders and youth leaders on different topics related to The Limits to Growth.

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Donatella Meadows and MIT

DAVOS Earth4All: A Survival Guide for Humanity

24 May 2022, 10:00-11:30 CET Goals House, Mattastrasse 25, 720 Davos

Within a single generation, the world can achieve prosperity for all within planetary boundaries. What will it take? Economic systems change.

Professor Johan Rockström (Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) and Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President of the Club of Rome) for a roundtable session discussing the drivers for systems change and the economic priorities for healthy lives on a healthy planet.

Event supported by the BMW Foundation and Avanade

Donatella Meadows and MIT

The fifty years of “The limits to growth”

26 May 2022, 18:30 CET Oriol Bohigas Performance Hall  Barcelona,

“The Limits to Growth” is the famous report on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by the Club of Rome and published in 1972, shortly after the first oil crisis. The main author of that interdisciplinary study, using a computer model in which 17 professionals will collaborate, will be the biophysicist Donella H. Meadows, together with your Dennis Meadows

Club of Rome Vice-President Carlos Pereira-Alvarez will present.

 

 

Donatella Meadows and MIT

The Limits to Growth +50 celebration event

27 May 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 (EST), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

This event organised by the US and Canadian Associations for the Club of Rome will be held to honour The Limits to Growth lead author Donella Meadows. It will include reflections by Club of Rome Co-President Mamphela Ramphela, The Limits to Growth original author Dennis Meadows and youth voices.  This will be followed by an overview of the Wellbeing of the earth, its ecosystems, and its peoples project by Club of Rome members Anitra Thorhaug, Edward Manning, John Gilmour, Julia Kim and Herbert Girardet .

Earth4All – an upgrade to our operating system

2-3 June 2022 at Stockholm+50

In 1972 the United Nations held the first conference on the global environment in Stockholm. This was the first Earth Summit. Now, in 2022, the United Nations will host a major event to mark this anniversary. Stockholm+50 comes at a transformative moment for societies.

Earth4All will publish a policy brief at the Stockholm+50, and a major report in September. The report will focus on transformational economics and the five essential policy turnarounds to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries and create prosperity for all. Earth4All is initiated by The Club of Rome, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Norwegian Business School. It builds on the legacies of The Limits to Growth and the Planetary Boundaries frameworks.

Volkswagen Foundation: 50 Years The Limits to Growth

8 June 2022, 7pm CET, Xplanatorium Schloss Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hannover (in person).

Hybid (Link available in German) 

This event organised by the Volkswagen Foundation takes this opportunity to discuss how scientifically proven findings of the last 50 years make it clear that humanity must act to mitigate climate change, the factors that affect it and its consequences so that it remains viable.

Why are political decisions, changes in values in society and behavioral changes of each individual so difficult against the background of the impending catastrophe? What role does politics play, which of civil society, which of science, in order to achieve the transformation towards a socially and ecologically just world?

Panel discussion with
Noura Hammouda, member of the Federal Executive Board, BUNDJugend
Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel and President, German Society CLUB OF ROME
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Nanz, among others Professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies, University of Potsdam and Co-Chairman of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030
Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, Director, Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design & Research, European University Flensburg, and Co-founder and Director, Stiftung Futurzwei. Foundation for Sustainability
Moderation: Ulrike Heckmann

Mark the occassion of the “50th Anniversary of the Limits to Growth” with Professor Dennis Meadows

14 June 2022, 15:00-17:00 Brussels, Belgium (in person and virtually).

Public viewing link

2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Limits to Growth a groundbreaking report from the Club of Rome. It emphasised the need for rethinking growth on a finite planet and for greater systems thinking and non linear economic models. This event will contribute to growing

thinking within the EU institutions and across Member States on how to shift to a wellbeing economy in times of crisis through policy implementation at the EU and Member State levels.
The event will be opened by the Vice President of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala and Co-President of the Club of Rome, Sandrine Dixson-Declève. Dennis Meadows will set the tone for the event by giving a keynote “Putting The Limits to Growth into historical context”, which will be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished
economic thought leaders and members of the Club of Rome: Robert
Costanza, Kate Raworth, Ida Kubiszewski, Maja Göpel and Tim Jackson. 

As a next step, interested members of the audience would be invited to a follow-up session to learn how the international initiative, Earth4All, could support them.

National Environment Day 2022

14 June 2022, 09:00-17:00 CET Antropia, Driebergen, Netherlands

Limits to growth’, the report of the Club of Rome, appeared in 1972. In 2022 this will be exactly fifty years ago. The alarming report signaled the start worldwide to put environmental policy higher on the agenda and made it reach the public consciousness.

The VVM (network of environmental professionals), together with Club of Rome NL and the Youth Environment Council, seize this golden jubilee during National Environment Day in June 2022 to reflect on what has been achieved since then and, above all, what has not: what are the challenges for the next fifty years?

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Business for good leaders summit. Enlightened leadership: Navigating the human predicament in the 21st century.

17 June 202, 14:00-16:30 CET

In-person: Giuseppe Sinpoli Hall, Auditorium Parco della Musica. Rome, Italy

Taking place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Limits to Growth, this event will convene leaders and futurists from governments, business, philanthropy, faith, new economic thinking, alongside innovators, financiers, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and youth to accelerate action for new systems thinking and regenerative transformation. It will co-create a narrative that can help guide the creation of a more inclusive, sustainable, resilient and regenerative vision for our collective future as the leaders think through long-term challenges and opportunities at this important milestone of the Limits to Growth.

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Suyk, Koen / Anefo, 1976

Commemorating the life of Aurelio Peccei 

17 June 202, 17:30-20:00 CET

In-person: MAXXI Museum, Via Guido ReniRome, Italy

Organizers: Club of Rome and Partners (AsVis, The Aurelio Peccei Foundation, Regenerative Society Foundation, Enel Foundation) 

This event commemorates the life of Aurelio Peccei. Opening remarks by MAXXI Museum President, Giovanna Melandri, and Club of Rome co-president Sandrine Dixson-Decleve. 

 

 

Donella Meadows commemoration speech and 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome Limits to Growth report celebration

28 September 2022, Middlebury College, Vermont

The 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome report, The Limits to Growth, and Donella Meadows commemoration event in Middlebury College.

Speakers include Club of Rome Co-president Sandrine Dixson-Declève, and Bill McKibben founder of Third Act. 

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UCA: International Symposium to Celebrate 50 years of The Limits to Growth

1-2 December 2022

Clermont-Ferrand, France  

Over two days The Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declève will join The Limits to Growth co-authors Dennis Meadows and Jorgen Randers and leading thought leaders and scientists from across the globe to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Limits to Growth.

The symposium will reflect on the trends the report examined and how its groundbreaking systems dynamics approach and prescient modelling have influenced the narrative and science of sustainability since 1972. The results of the report will be re-examined in light of new approaches to identify how we create a new critical framework for living and thriving within the limits on Planet Earth.

The contributions of the symposium will be published in a book and two prizes will be awarded: The Donella Meadows Prize for Young Female Researcher and the Erasme Prize for Expert Researcher.

Past events

Donatella Meadows and MIT

BI Green Growth Conference 

19 May 2022, 09:00-15:30, Place:BI Campus Oslo, auditorium A1-030

In-person and streaming available : Online registration

BI, DNV, UiO:Energi and MIT Norway have the pleasure of inviting to this year’s green growth conference where we look at what we have learned from 50 years of sustainability research and where we should go from here.

The day starts with viewing the future in light of the past, what we have learned in the 50 years since the publication of the Limits to Growth, and what conclusions we should draw for the future. Speakers include Club of Rome co-president, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, and original co-author of The Limits to Growth Jorgen Randers.

 

Limits and Beyond: 50 years on from The Limits to Growth, what did we learn and what’s next? book launch

10 May 2022, 14:30-18:30, Palazzo Marino- P.zza della Scala, 2-Milan, Italy

In-person and online stream available (The first half of the launch will be in English)

Bringing together input from over 15 Club of Rome members from all continents, this book will dissect the original messages of The Limits to Growth, contemporary reactions to it, and its relevance today.

Revisiting the original conclusions from The Limits to Growth, alongside the questions it was trying to address, the authors look at what has happened over the last 50 years including scientific developments and the emergence of wellbeing economics. Crucially, the book discusses how we can better understand our situation and plan ahead, and the cultural changes needed while bringing in multiple worldviews.

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Global forum Eco-innovation and Circular Economy

22 April 2022, 9:00-17:30 (Taipei Standard Time)

Hybrid event: Online and in-person at the Feng Chia University, Taiwan.

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The Circular Economy Summit Forum will discuss systematic solutions, present the best examples, and use this opportunity to invite the original author of “The Limits of Growth” and members of the Club of Rome to look forward to the future of mankind!

Speakers include Club of Rome Co-president Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Jorgen Randers Co-author of The Limits to Growth report, Ernst von Weizsaecker former Club of Rome co-president and Yi-Heng Cheng member of the Club of Rome with join speakers in environmental protection, ecological conservation, technology experts, academia, politics and economics, and philanthropy to jointly organize ecological innovation and philanthropy.

Anniversary webinar series: Limits and Beyond

20 April 2022, 15:00-16:30 CET

All speakers in this webinar are co-authors of the book Limits and Beyond, to be launched in May. They are invited to share their reflections on the relevance of the seminal report The Limits to Growth for the world of today and tomorrow. Looking back five decades later, what did the book mean at the time, what happened next, what did we do and not do, what did we learn and not learn, and what happens now and in the future?

Join Club of Rome Co-president, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, the founder and CEO of Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), Chandran Nair, Program Director for the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre Bhutan, Dr Julia Kim, Professor in Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, Professor Ugo Bardi and Vice President ESG Research at Schneider Electric, Gaya Herrington. Hosted by Club of Rome Vice president, Carlos Ávarez Pereira.

This event is the second in a series of webinars reflecting on the Limits to Growth and bringing forward solutions for change.

The Limits to Growth + 50: Global equity for a healthy planet
Anniversary Webinar Series: Living within Limits

2 March 2022 1500-1630 (CET)

50 years ago the Club of Rome sounded the alarm.

The Limits to Growth – a report to The Club of Rome –  was published on 2 March 1972. This report was the first to model our planet’s interconnected systems and make clear that if growth trends in population, industrialisation, resource use and pollution continued unchanged, we would reach and then overshoot the carrying capacity of the Earth at some point in the next one hundred years.

Unfortunately, policymakers hit the snooze button, and we are now reaching the limit – crossing tipping points – and overloading our planet. Join original author Dennis Meadows, leading economist Jayati Ghosh, climate activist Luisa Neubauer, and eminent scientist Johan Rockstrom as they reflect on 50 years since the report’s publication and focus on how lessons from The Limits to Growth and systems knowledge can be applied to the current planetary emergency.

This event is the first in a series of webinars reflecting on the Limits to Growth and bringing forward solutions for change.

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Approaching the Limits to Growth

1 March 2022 17:00 (CET). Online
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The Hungarian Economic Association (HEA) is organising an online conference to mark the 50th anniversary of The Limits to Growth. Sandrine Dixson-Decléve, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Dennis Meadows, original author of The Limits to Growth  and Professor Ervin László, President of the Budapest Club, will welcome policy-makers and science and thought leaders from Hungary’s government, civil society and private sector to mark the continuing impact of this groundbreaking report.

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UNEP@50 Nairobi Conference: Meeting the 2030 Agenda Within the Planetary Boundaries – A Celebration of UNEP’s 50th Anniversary

3 March 2022 1500-1630 (CET)
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This side event is organised by the 2022 Initiative Foundation with the support of the Club of Rome and its Earth4All project partners, in the context of the UNEA 5.2 and UNEP@50 conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This hybrid event will take place in the Green Room at UNEP and online on 3 March at 15.00h CET. This event is part of a series of events that mark the launch of the seminal Earth4All report during the Limits to Growth 50+ and Stockholm+50 Anniversary year.

During the 90-mins event, a hybrid expert panel with Jørgen Randers, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Janez Potočnik and Jane Kabubo-Mariara will share preliminary research findings for the 5 transformation pathways identified by Earth4All and will bring the audience up to speed on where the science is 50 years after the publication of the first Limits to Growth report and the formation of UNEP. The conversation will focus on raising ambition and accelerating change: How can we accelerate systems change for an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future on a finite planet? To close, 2022 Initiative Foundation  will facilitate a dialogue with the audience (in room and virtual). Participants will be divided into breakout rooms and invited to co-create visions and actions based on the findings presented by the speakers. Initiatives, ideas and commitments on how to raise ambition and accelerate action on the five turnarounds will be recorded for monitoring in the months leading up to the Stockholm+50 conference. Stockholm+50 Ambassador Lissinger Peitz will provide closing reflections.

More information about this event can also be found here.

Bergen Climate Festival

9 March 2022 Bergen, Norway

Club of Rome member and author of The Limits to Growth, Jorgen Randers joins this Norwegian event celebrating 50 years of the publication.

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